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Orlando Pirates Secure African Star with $600,000 Deal

Orlando Pirates have made a strategic move by signing Gilberto from Petro De Luanda for $600,000. This acquisition aims to strengthen their squad ahead of the new season, showcasing their ambition to compete at the highest levels in African football.

Orlando Pirates have successfully secured the services of Gilberto, a talented winger from Petro De Luanda, with a $600,000 deal. This significant acquisition is expected to bolster the Pirates’ squad for the upcoming season. The deal saw the Pirates outbid several other clubs, including Sivasspor, Raja Athletic Club, CR Belouizdad, AS FAR, MKE Ankaragücü, and Club Dynamo Makhachkala.

Gilberto, aged 23, has been a standout performer in African football. He notably showcased his skills during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, where he helped Angola reach the quarter-finals. His impressive performance continued at Petro De Luanda, where he scored six goals and provided four assists in 34 games.

Initially, Gilberto’s buy-out clause was set at $750,000 (R13.6 million). However, after thorough negotiations, Orlando Pirates and Petro De Luanda reached an agreement to finalize the deal at $600,000. This allows Gilberto to travel to South Africa to discuss personal terms and potentially sign a long-term contract. This move underscores Gilberto’s potential to become a significant player for the Buccaneers.

Patrick Maswanganyi’s Rise: Insights from Farouk Khan

In other news related to Orlando Pirates, Farouk Khan, the director and coach of Stars of Africa Academy, shared his insights into the growth of Patrick Maswanganyi at the club. Maswanganyi, who was mentored by Khan during his early career at Stars of Africa Academy, has developed into a key player for the Pirates since joining from SuperSport United.

At 26, Maswanganyi has made a notable impact in his first season with Orlando Pirates. He has featured in 40 appearances across all competitions, scoring 10 goals and providing 12 assists. His contributions were crucial as the Pirates secured the MTN8 and Nedbank Cup titles. Maswanganyi’s stellar performances earned him several prestigious accolades at the PSL awards, including Premiership Player’s Player of the Season, DStv Premiership Midfielder of the Season, and Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament.

Khan highlighted Maswanganyi’s evolution into a leader within the Pirates’ squad. He cited a particularly inspiring halftime motivational speech during the Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs. Despite being 2-0 down, Maswanganyi’s leadership spurred the team to a remarkable 3-2 comeback victory. Khan praised Maswanganyi’s strong personality, comparing him to football legends Teko Modise and Lucas Radebe, emphasizing the importance of such traits at the highest level of football.

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